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8:55 AM ET, May 19, 2012

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Katrina Trinko / National Review:
CORRECTION  —  UPDATE: I took down my earlier post on Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing from the book Getting On the Money Track.  On Amazon.com, the Warren book All Your Worth is listed as having been published January 9, 2006.  As it turns out, that is the paperback publication date; the hardback book was published in March 2005.
Discussion: Salon, Politicker, Hot Air and Media Decoder
Alan Dershowitz / Algemeiner.com:
New Evidence is Consistent with George Zimmerman's Self Defense Claim  —  George Zimmerman.  Photo: wiki commons.  —  A medical report by George Zimmerman's doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting.
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John Zarrella / CNN:
Commercial space vehicle launch aborted  —  (CNN) — SpaceX aborted the historic launch of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday at the last second because of a rocket engine glitch.  —  The launch would the first attempt to send a private spacecraft to the space station.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How White Will the Electorate Be?  —  Probably not quite this white.  —  Last month, Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz noticed something unusual.  Most of the polling about the presidential race found President Obama leading Mitt Romney, by mid-to-high single digits.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
George W. Bush to return to White House this month to be honored by President Obama with official portrait  —  Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said, “The Bushes are looking forward to being back in Washington and seeing some of their friends.  They appreciate the Obamas' hospitality in hosting the portrait hanging.”
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Bush and Romney Talk After Elevator Endorsement
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Sorry, Charlie  —  Bill Clinton is abandoning his old ally …
Discussion: Mediaite
John Mercure / Local:
Mayor Barrett was meeting with union organizers when he missed police memorial  —  MILWAUKEE - It turns out, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was in Oshkosh talking with union organizers when he missed an event in Milwaukee honoring law enforcement in southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee Police officers.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Behind the Scenes at MSNBC  —  We wrote here about MSNBC's disgraceful attacks on Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries in connection with the Trayvon Martin shooting.  Guest host Karen Finney said: … A few days later, Van Jones, a guest on MSNBC, said:
Yahoo! News:
Advice to would-be Romney running mates: Run for the hills  —  Nothing is easier to mock in politics right now than the apparent reluctance of leading Republicans to sign on as Mitt Romney's second banana.  A few weeks ago, Jon Stewart summarized the way that Rob Portman was plugging …
Nick R. Martin / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Arizona Goes Birther: Secretary Of State Says It's ‘Possible’ Obama Won't Be On Ballot  —  The man in charge of running Arizona's elections has gone to the birthers.  Secretary of State Ken Bennett now says he's not convinced Barack Obama was really born in the United States …
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Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
AZ Sect.  Of State Threatens To Remove Obama From Ballot Without Birth Certificate Verification From Hawaii
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Judge deals setback to state unions on dues withdrawals  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to have the state deduct union dues from their paychecks.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Falls Back to IPO Price  —  Underwriters Stepped In to Support Social Network's Shares at Offering Price  —  Facebook Inc.'s public debut had plenty of buzz but not much pop. The shares opened 11% higher, but struggled to stay above their $38 offering price and ended the day up just 23 cents.
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
DID ELIZABETH WARREN PLAGIARIZE HER ‘POW WOW CHOW’ RECIPES?  —  The credibility of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren took another hit today as Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr released evidence that appears to confirm Ms. Warren may have plagiarized at least three …
Washington Post:
Americans Elect and the death of the third party movement  —  It ended with a whimper, not a bang.  —  Late Thursday night, Americans Elect, a much-ballyhooed group dedicated to securing ballot access for a serious third-party presidential candidate in 2012, issued a statement acknowledging failure.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
House GOP Kills Proposal to Block Indefinite Detention of US Citizens  —  At least it's on the record: Most House Republicans support the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens.  —  During Thursday's floor debate over the latest national defense authorization act …
Akiva Novick / Ynetnews:
Medics attacked by Palestinians near Jerusalem  —  Emergency crew responding on scene of accident find themselves the target of violent mob  —  An emergency medical crew narrowly escaped being lynched this week while responding on the scene of an injurious car accident near Jerusalem, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner adds to pressure on Eric Holder  —  There's about to be a lot more pressure on Eric Holder from Capitol Hill about the Fast and Furious investigation.  —  Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy joined with Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa …
The Office of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer:
House Democrats Introduce Voter Empowerment Act  —  SHARE: EMAIL PRINT FACEBOOK TWITTER  —  Today, House Democrats introduced the Voter Empowerment Act, comprehensive voting rights legislation to modernize our voter registration system, ensure equal access to the ballot box …
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Stay-at-Home Moms Report More Depression, Sadness, Anger  —  But low-income stay-at-home moms struggle the most  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The degree of difficulty of being a stay-at-home parent is evident in a new Gallup analysis of more than 60,000 U.S. women interviewed in 2012.
Discussion: Hot Air, Economix and Reuters
 
 
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Kate Nocera / Politico:
GOP rookies buck Norquist
Discussion: Power Line
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
DSCC edges NRSC in April fundraising
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Politico
Ann Romney / CNN:
First on CNN: Romneys donated $150,000 of own money to presidential bid
Discussion: Politico, msnbc.com and USA Today
Gerard V. Bradley / Public Discourse:
The Audacity of Faith  —  Amidst great expectations …
Online NewsHour:
Geithner: 'I Don't Understand' Why Debt Ceiling Debate Is Back
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chrystia Freeland:
Equal rights and the U.S. economy
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Sebelius stays away from contraception fight at Georgetown
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Smart, Unsentimental Strategy
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News: Divided D.C. Circuit Panel Upholds Constitutionality of Voting Rights Act …
Discussion: ACS Blog
David Skolnick / Vindicator:
Biden snubs are getting old
Discussion: Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Age of Innocence  —  The people who pioneered democracy …
Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
Midtown Penthouse Is Sold for Most Ever in New York
 

 
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